These little love birds were so fun and easy to make. This is just a base of white royal icing and then I piped on stiff royal icing to make the branches. I used the aster mauve color from the Wilton garden tone set. I really wanted to stay away from the bright reds and pinks this year. I love this color and only a small drop is needed to make it. I just think the less food coloring the better. Red tends to give me trouble, it seems like I have to use half a bottle to get a true red.
I used the same color to make the tiny hearts on these quilted cookies. I was cracking up when I was decorating them because when I would first pipe the little hearts they looked like tiny buts! I had to do a little work with the toothpick to make them look like hearts. I suppose a big heart with little buts all over it would be a cute cookie too! I don 't know if you can see this or not but for the cookie on the left I used a food coloring marker to draw my grid on the cookie and the cookie on the right I used a knife to scratch the surface of the cookie to make a grid. I would definitely recommend the latter because the food coloring marker shows through the icing, I was not very excited about that!